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Cornell Law School: Supreme Court Decision Archive
Contains collection of current and historic decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court, information about past and present justices, case updates, the Supreme Court Rules, and a legal glossary.  Administered by Cornell's LII (Legal Information Institute).

FedLaw: Judiciary
Aggregated links leading to federal judiciary information.  Categories include General Information, Supreme Court, Circuit Courts, District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts, Probation Offices, Pretrial Services Offices, Understanding the Federal Courts, and Other Courts.

Meta-Index for US Legal Research
This page links to searchable legal indexes from various websites.  For thorough research, you should visit the original sites directly. The search results returned from each site vary in quality depending on the search tool in use.

Supreme Court Decisions (1893 to current)
FindLaw's searchable database of the Supreme Court decisions since 1893 (U.S. Supreme Court Decisions: U.S. Reports 150-, 1893-). Browsable by year and U.S. Reports volume number, and searchable by citation, case title and full text. Opinion summaries also available.

Supreme Court Decisions (1937-1975)
Search and view the full text of 7,407 U.S. Supreme Court Decisions issued between 1937-1975. Hosted by FedWorld.


Supreme Court of the United States
Official website of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Includes official documents, schedules, guidelines, and forms for a myriad of uses.  Site also contains information about employment and tourism.

U.S. Federal Courts
A comprehensive website that serves as a hub for information about the U.S. Federal Court System.  Among other things, the sites provide access to judicial news updates, federal rules of practice, Judicial Conference information, the U.S. Courts Library, statistical reports, and career opportunities.


Code of Federal Regulations
Browse or search the Code of Federal Regulations. CFR is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each volume of the CFR is updated once each calendar year and is issued on a quarterly basis.

How Laws Are Made
From the Library of Congress website: A description of the lawmaking process in online and downloadable form.  Last revision dated July 2007.

Library of Congress: THOMAS
Comprehensive source of information on the activities of Congress, featuring bills and resolutions (including texts, summaries, and voting results), the Congressional Record (including the daily digest), schedules & calendars, presidential nominations, committee information, treaties, and resources for teachers.


United States Code
The most recent official version of the United States Code made available by the US House of Representatives. Searchable by title and section number, and by popular name such as "Jennifer's Law". 

USA.gov
A general reference resource that provides information about federal laws and regulations.


American Bar Association
Official website of the ABA. Provides numerous resources, as well as information on ABA initiatives, legal education, public resources, employment opportunities, publications, and membership.

Avalon Project at Yale Law School
The Avalon Project is a historical document archive that contains digitized documents relevant to the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government.  Documents range from as early to 4000 B.C. to current day. Prominent subsections include Project DIANA (an online human rights archive), and document collection for the International Military Tribunal for Germany.

GPO Access
Online access to official information from all three branches of the Federal Government, distributed by the Government Printing Office. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted.

lexisONE Free Case Law
Search the last ten years of State & Federal Courts and U.S. Supreme Court from 1781 to present.


National Archives and Records Administration: Electoral College
Information on the Electoral College voting system. Includes voting and teaching resources, historical election results, and state certification documents.


INS forms ( Immigration and Naturalization Service)
Forms published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Form numbers, filing fees, and accepted versions are listed.

IRS forms (Internal Revenue Service)
Federal income tax forms, provided by the IRS. Downloadable, searchable, and printable.

Lectric Law Library
Numerous free legal forms. Note that while this site provides general ideas on format & content, validity requirements can and do vary greatly from state to state. Many MUST be properly modified for your own location and circumstances.

Washington Corporation/Business Forms
Washington state business forms, including various types of incorporation, credit card authorization, organizational maintenance and procedure, and trademark forms.


Washington State Court Forms & Instructions
Free downloadable forms that are used statewide in Washington Courts. This is not a complete list of all forms, as Local Courts may may require a non-statewide form to file a case. Links to these Local Courts are provided.


FindLaw
Provides legal information, lawyer profiles and a community for advice on legal decisions. Website contains many subsections regarding various legal topics, such as DUI/DWI, Divorce/Family Law, and Traffic Violations.

FindLaw Lawyer Directory
Search for a lawyer by location, legal issue, state, last name, firm name, language, etc.

Lawguru.com
A searchable list of law related websites and law related forms

LegalMatch
Site that guides visitors to pre-screened attorneys in a wide range of specializations. Allows users to get free quotes on legal services from lawyers in their area.

Martindale-Hubbell Legal Services
Lawyer/firm locator by practice area, location, or name. Site also offers a legal library, various products and services, career center, professional resources, and news & events.


University of Washington School of Law

List of websites that provide legal information and materials (including laws, bills, court opinions, and related documents) and/or links to legal material. Particular focus on Washington State resources.




CLEAR-- Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral system
CLEAR is Washington’s toll-free intake, advice and referral service for low-income people seeking free legal assistance with civil legal problems. It is run by the Northwest Justice Project.

Columbia Legal Services (CLS)
A nonprofit Washington law firm that represents low-income people and organizations that have critical legal needs and no other legal assistance available to them.

Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services
Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services provides legal advice and information to low income people in a manner sensitive to individuals and their legal needs. Through the efforts of trained volunteers, TCVLS strives to enable clients to resolve their legal problems. TCVLS provides leadership in promoting access to justice in the local community.


Washington Law Help
Washington LawHelp is a guide to free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Washington.  The site provides educational materials and tools that provide basic information on a number of legal problems--and in some cases, detailed instructions and forms to help people represent themselves in court.  There is also  information on free legal aid programs in Washington, including basic eligibility and contact information.

Washington State Access to Justice Board
The Access to Justice Board coordinates the access to justice efforts in Washington State to provide continuity and focus. The site contains meeting and conference information, attorney volunteer opportunities, as well as links and help finding legal assistance.


ADA Standards for Accessible Design

As published in the Title III regulations (28 CFR Part 36, revised July 1, 1994) issued by the Department of Justice. The ADA Standards for Accessible Design are in Appendix A of the Title III Regulations. Available in PDF and HTML format.



Federal Register Online
Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

Regulations.gov
Online source for regulations and other related documents issued by the U.S. government. Through this site, you can find, read and comment on documents.


State Legislatures Internet Links
Information gleaned from the home pages and websites of the fifty state legislatures, the District of Columbia and the Territories. You can select to view specific website content materials (such as, bills, press rooms, statutes) from all states, one state or a selected list of states."

U.S. State Constitutions and Websites
Provides links to each state's official website and constitution, as well as the webmasters' email addresses for each page.


Courts Directory
Contact information for the Washington State Courts and organizations related to Official Court Business.

Municipal Research and Services Center (MSRC)
Historical Washington case law from 1854 forward.The sources of the data for the Washington State Supreme and Appellate Court Decisions are the bound volumes of decisions for those issued before 1994, the advance sheets for those through June 2005, and slip opinions thereafter.
 


Washington Court Rules
The Washington Rules of Court. NOTE: Some of the local courts maintain their court rules on their own website. While links are provided to these local sites, the Washington State Courts website does not have the responsibility for updating these local court sites and therefore, does not know if these sites are kept current.


Washington State Court Forms and Instructions
Free downloadable forms that are used statewide in Washington Courts. This is not a complete list of all forms, as Local Courts may may require a non-statewide form to file a case. Links to these Local Courts are provided.

Washington State Supreme and Appellate Court Decisions
Municipal Research & Services Center site of Washington State Supreme and Appellate Court Decisions.

Washington State Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Opinions
This database contains slip opinions. Slip opinions do not necessarily represent the court's final decision in the case since they are subject to reconsideration, modification orders, editorial corrections, and withdrawal.


RCW - Revised Code of Washington
The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) is the compilation of all permanent laws now in force. It is a collection of Session Laws (enacted by the Legislature, and signed by the Governor, or enacted via the initiative process), arranged by topic, with amendments added and repealed laws removed. It does not include temporary laws such as appropriations acts. The official version of the RCW is published by the Statute Law Committee and the Code Reviser.

The online version of the RCW is updated twice a year, once in the early fall following the legislative session, and again at the end of the year if a ballot measure that changes the law passed at the general election.

WAC - Washington Administrative Code
Regulations of executive branch agencies are issued by authority of statutes. Like legislation and the Constitution, regulations are a source of primary law in Washington State. The WAC codifies the regulations and arranges them by subject or agency. The online version of the WAC is updated twice a month.

Washington State Legislature
Links and information from the Washington State Legislature. Includes how to find your legislator and elected officials, glossary of legislative terms, descriptions of the legislative process, the history of the state legislature, and job opportunities.

Washington State Legislature Laws and Agency Rules
Contains links to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), State Constitution, Washington Administrative Code (WAC), Washington State Register (WSR), Legislative Procedural Rules, reference tables relating bills to laws, and research links.


American Law Sources Online (ALSO!)
Catch-all site containing links to Washington State laws, court decisions, rules, periodicals, and forms.

LawforWA.org
The mission of the lawforwa website is to give the people of Washington easy access to information on the law, the courts, the government, and civic rights and responsibilities

Legislative District Lookup
Find your legislators and district by your address

Northwest Justice Project
The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is Washington’s publicly funded legal aid program.  NJP is a not-for-profit statewide law firm that provides free civil legal assistance and representation to low-income people and communities throughout Washington.  Each year NJP handles approximately 18,000 cases benefiting more that 40,000 people in need of critical legal assistance in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.

Sources of Free Legal Information on Washington State Law
From Marion Gould Gallagher Law Library at University of Washington. This list identifies free Internet sources of information on Washington State law, organized by subject. This page supplements the content available at LawforWA and Washington LawHelp. Guides on those sites are not duplicated here. Instead, this page links to additional web sources of information on Washington law not found on either of those sites.

State Law Library
Information on the Washington State Law library, including informational brochures, guidance and staff assistance.


Washington Association of County Law Libraries (WACLL)
Links to the county law libraries in Washington State. County law libraries in Washington State vary greatly in size, and in the range of hours open to the public. Most law libraries provide access to basic Washington legal research materials, such as the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), Washington Administrative Code (WAC), Washington case law, court rules, Superior Court civil procedure forms, local code books, legal dictionaries, etc. Call your local law library to find out if what you need is available.


Washington Secretary of State
Official website of the Secretary of State. A variety of information, including state news, public projects, and Washington history.


Washington State Bar Association
Official site of the WSBA, with numerous legal resources.


 Database Links


Legal Information Reference Center
Full-text publications and legal forms to address a range of legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, property & real estate and rights & disputes.


West's Encyclopedia of American Law (Gale)
Current information on legal topics.



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